Lighted House Count – 80
Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:29 PM of -0.2 feet.
It’s grey, damp and rather dreary-looking and we get dripped on sporadically. Mist is rising from pockets in the dark mountains and the Manes of Neptune’s Horses blowing offshore. The were tracks on the bay where it looked like sylphs had tripped and made furrows across the wind ripples. 47F and almost no wind onshore. We have a high surf advisory for late tonight into tomorrow.
Tempus got the oil drained and thinks he may be able to get the car to start. It’s looking better and better. We ended the day pretty snappish with each other, though. We’re both tired and he needed to do the paper route last night.
Today we have a lot more of the same. I want to add more, but….the same….
A pic by Ken Gagne from 11/29/16 of the spectacular waves that we had.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot). Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
…and, of course today is Hari-Kuyo. I’ll be honoring my needles today. Hari Kugo, the feast of Broken Needles, is celebrated in Japan. Also called Daitosai, or Good-Luck Market it is celebrated from Nov 30 – Dec 11, honouring women’s crafts and tools. At Hikawa Shrine, Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, a large market is held selling good luck charms and many products. Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar I don’t remember where I read it, but there’s supposed to be a shrine where women take needles that have snapped and poke them into a ball of butter to “soothe their hurts”. I like that idea! I have this as the date, but going to look online, February 8 is usually listed. Hmmm…. anyway here’s a nice link: http://stitchtress.com/2010/02/08/hari-kuyo/ …and I love that picture!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/13 at 4:06pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/3 at 4:18pm.
For the next two evenings, the thickening crescent Moon does with bright Venus what it just did with faint Mercury while very thin. Look southwest at dusk. Venus and the Moon are 7° or 8° apart at the at the time of twilight for the Americas, with the Moon on the right. Although they may look like they’re keeping each other company, Venus this evening is 370 times more distant than the Moon.
Mercury (magnitude –0.5) and Saturn (magnitude +0.5) are hiding very deep in the glare of sunset, 25° or 30° lower right of Venus.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 2 High 2:27 AM 6.8 7:34 AM Rise 9:56 AM 4
~ 2 Low 7:46 AM 3.4 4:38 PM Set 7:42 PM
~ 2 High 1:25 PM 7.9
~ 2 Low 8:29 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your choices reflect your character.
~ Every calling is great when greatly pursued. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate. – Henry David Thoreau
~ The most sophisticated people I know — inside they are all children. – Jim Henson, Muppet creator
~ You’re more powerful than you realize. It’s safe for you to be powerful. – Doreen Virtue
on a tether swings
rooted in the Hoop
like a robber
blown by winds
the Circle turns
Only Sage and Sweetgrass
we go round
always once more. – Cries The Tears/Dreamwalker~Lakota copyright 2000
‘Tis the season not to drown under the rampant consumerism of Yule. Celebrating those you love shouldn’t have to involve spending loads of money. There are plenty of easy do it yourself gifts you can make this time of year. Most of these will take little to no investment and you might even have some of these ingredients and materials already on your pagan shelves.
- Protection Mojo Bag – is a great holiday gift for yourself and others. You can use it to provide protection for your home or yourself as you brave the season. Here’s a short video I made on how to put one together.
- Love Nuts – Food is one of the best presents anyone can give. It nourishes and blesses at the same time. This easy love nuts recipe is designed to spice up the Holidays. The best gifts are given from the heart and this one has has the added benefit of bringing more love into the lives of those who eat it. For more tasty magickal recipes please check out my African-American Ritual Cookbook. Holiday Love Nuts Recipe by Lilith Dorsey
- DIY Runes – with glass drops. The best way to create a new set of runes both spiritually and practically is to birth them from an existing set. Begin by setting up a sacred space for your working. Light a candle, perhaps charged with oils for psychic power and get ready to begin. Take your set of runes and transfer the symbols one at a time to the glass drops. Leave the two sets together overnight to help with the energy exchange between the old and new sets. Then the new ones are ready to place in a bag or box and give to someone as a gift.
- Carved Candle – requires you get a candle large enough to carve a sacred symbol in, some glitter, herbs and oils, and something to carve with (a porcupine quill or even a paper clip will work.) You will need to begin by choosing what symbol you are going to carve. There are astrological symbols, planetary symbols, veves, runes, a whole world of things to choose from. Try and personalize the candle for the people you are giving it to. If it’s for a family, maybe carve each of their sun sign astrological symbols and Wunjo, the rune for joy. If it’s for your favorite college student consider choosing a veve for money or wisdom. After your candle is carved rub it with the corresponding oil and roll it in powdered herbs and glitter. Wrap in plastic wrap and or tissue paper and it’s ready to gift.
- Incense stick holder – This do-it-yourself gift is genius in it’s simplicity. Just drill or nail a hole in wood, and voila you have made a holder for an incense stick.
- Yule Smudge Sticks – are one of the simplest things you can make this holiday season. In order to do it yourself will need: Sage, Lavendar, Cedar, or Pine (Any or all of these can be used or add your own favorite herb for protection) and embroidery floss. Bundle the herbs together and tie tightly, if the herbs are very fresh you will need to wait awhile until they dry out and can be burned.
- Tarot/crystal/rune pouch – A project like this requires some minimal sewing, but the entire project from start to finish should take less than twenty minutes even for a beginner. Pagan blogger Patti Wigington‘s detailed post shows simple instructions on how-to create your own.
- Cinnamon Stick Pentacle Ornament– For this project you will need five cinnamon sticks( longer ones if possible) for each ornament and a glue gun, along with some ribbon for hanging. It may take a bit of searching and re-arranging to find five sticks that you can easily attach together as a star. Lay them out in front of you and try different combinations until you get a good fit. Glue the sticks together into a star shape. Attach a festive ribbon at the top and now it is ready to hang from the tree or mantle.
- Cinnamon/twig candle holder– This can be done with either cinnamon sticks or twigs. Take the sticks and tie with ribbon, making sure the sticks don’t interfere with the flame. This project would also be great used as decoration around your home, or as part of your yuletide altar.
- Tin Traveling Altar– These portable altars or shrines have become very popular of late. They allow people a small and portable place to worship at home or on the road. I have seen them created for ancestors, deities, or even just to celebrate love or joy in your life. You will need a tin, a some mod podge or other strong fixing glue/sealer, and whatever photos and small items you want to attach. The only limits are your own imagination.
This list is only a beginning, there are many more wonderful diy gifts you can make this holiday season. I’d love to hear your favorite in the comments below, and if you make any of these crafts I’d love to see that too. Please if you have enjoyed what you read here, consider sharing this post and spreading the holiday cheer. Have a lovely Yule season everyone !
Silliness – Mad Cows
Two cows are chatting in a field. One says to the other, “Are you worried by this mad cow disease?”
“Why are you asking?”
“It’s pretty awful.”
The second cow says, “It doesn’t affect me, does it? I’m a rabbit!”